Emergency Department, Whipps Cross Hospital

Works included:

–          Adaptation of AHU ductwork in live bed bays to create supply and extract

–          Installation of bespoke doors to each bed bay with extra large vision panels to maintain supervision

–          Formation of 4 new bed bays including new partitioning, ceilings, floors, lighting and power, medical gasses, bedhead trunking, fire alarm installation and decorations.

–          Segregate the 6 resus bays with partitions and enclose with a bespoke shopfront system allowing full height sight lines for clinical staff. Doors on sliding mechanism

–          New medical cupboards, sinks and desking

Inigo were instructed to upgrade areas within the main A&E department as part of the trust’s COVID-19 strategy. Working in a live environment provided many challenges, but we worked closely with the project surveyor and clinical staff to deliver all works on time without significant disturbance to the ward.

Inigo were able to keep staff, clinical employees and patients safe by creating a temporary entrance for all ambulance arrivals to create “clean” working areas. Inigo constructed a decontamination unit alongside works to be used in the eventuality of the area being “red” with COVID, which would allow Inigo operatives to maintain programme whilst staying safe. Temporary welfare and overnight accommodation was also put in place for staff peace of mind.

Works involved the creation of negative air pressure in all bed-bays to address the flow of potentially contaminated air and keep clinical staff safe. Inigo also built 4 new bed bays and segregated the Resus department to again provide COVID compartmentation.

The success of the project was largely down to the diligence of Inigo management staff, who worked tirelessly to achieve a high-end product that has been well received by the trust


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